For those that don’t know
The Organizations that Support The Democratic Party
The most destructive person in the world, currently, is George Soros. The Canadian Free Press says "What we have in Soros, is a multi-billionaire atheist, with skewed moral values, and a sociopath’s lack of conscience. He considers himself to be a world class philosopher, despises capitalism, and just loves social engineering." Click here for a list of the many organizations Soros has funded and supported.
Two of the most vociferous organizations supported by Soros and opposing conservatives and supporting President Obama’s socialist initiatives are A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) and Code Pink. Both of these groups are in the forefront of the anti-conservative activities and activities to take away our Constitutional rights.
It is instructive to know their roots and who, exactly, are funding these organizations. Let’s look at A.N.S.W.E.R. first.
According to Wikipedia, the on-line dictionary, A.N.S.W.E.R. was “Formed in the wake of the September 11th attacks, on September 14, 2001, by Ramsey Clark and members of the International Action Center. ANSWER was one of the first organizations formed to protest the policies of the Bush administration. Its first major action was a September 29, 2001, "Anti-War, Anti-Racist" political rally and march in Washington, D.C., primarily in protest of the then-impending U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
Subsequently the organization has organized rallies drawing crowds in the hundreds of thousands, according to their figures published on their websites. ANSWER characterizes itself as anti-imperialist, and its steering committee consists of socialists, Marxists, civil rights advocates, and left-wing progressive organizations from the Muslim, Arab, Palestinian, Filipino, Haitian, and Latin American communities. Many of ANSWER's leaders were members of Workers World Party (WWP) at the time of ANSWER's founding, and are current members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), a Marxist-Leninist organization that formed in 2004.
In addition to anti-war activism, ANSWER is involved in advocacy for rights for illegal immigrants, for whom it supports immediate and unconditional amnesty. ANSWER became involved in immigrant rights activism through protests against Save Our State, a California-based anti-illegal immigration protest group, and the Minutemen Project, a group which patrols the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent illegal border crossings, and which ANSWER views as practicing racist vigilantism. These protests began soon after the founding of the Minutemen group in April 2005. ANSWER has not usually been the primary organizer of these protests but has actively supported them. For example, ANSWER helped organize counter-protests of rallies held by right-wing groups in Alhambra, California on June 21, 2005; in Sacramento, California on August 29, 2005; in Los Angeles on January 7, 2006; and in Burbank, California on January 21, 2006 and Washington, D.C. in March 2007.
ANSWER has also been involved in the much larger demonstrations in opposition to the Sensenbrenner Bill and support of legalization for illegal immigrants that have occurred across the United States since March 2006. ANSWER was not the primary organizer of the initial large protests in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas in late March and early April, but endorsed them. ANSWER was more prominent in the promotion of a May Day "Day Without An Immigrant" strike and boycott, because this call was controversial within the immigrant rights movement, contributing to a growing division between its left-wing advocates and moderates who believed a strike and boycott would be counterproductive.
ANSWER's position on the left side of this issue led to criticism; Jaime Contreras, president of the National Capital Immigrant Coalition and chairman of the local Service Employees International Union in Washington, D.C., told the Washington Post regarding ANSWER that, "Groups... that have done nothing on immigration have no reason to stick their nose where it doesn't belong... They have no business saying, 'Let's do a strike' when it will create a humongous burden on immigrant groups. They need to stay in their box.’ Brian Becker, ANSWER's national coordinator, responded that ANSWER has in fact been involved in immigration in the long term, and that ‘We are just part of the coalition; we are not spearheading it at all... Whatever the immigrant rights community calls for is what we support.’”
As reported by Amanda Carpenter, Herbert Romerstein, a retired aide to congressional intelligence committees, wrote in HUMAN EVENTS on June 24, 2003, that ANSWER was essentially “a corps group in the United State of the Workers World Party (WWP).” Even the New York Times reported: “Some of the group’s chief organizers are active in Workers World Party, a radical Socialist group with roots in the Stalin-era Soviet Union.”
Interestingly, contributions to ANSWER by check are to be made out to a tax-exempt California non-profit called the Progress Unity Fund (PUF). This group and ANSWER list the same San Francisco office address. PUF’s IRS Form 990 lists Brenda Sanburg, Rosa Penate and Keith Pavlik as officers of the organization, all three of whom have written for the WWF’s publication, Workers World. Deirdre Griswald, also active in ANSWER, is the daughter of Vincent Copeland, who co-founded the WWP.
A look at ANSWER’s web site reveals its radical vision. The members of ANSWER’s steering committee include the pro-Castro Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Korea Truth Commission, which held a mock war crimes tribunal against the United States military, and the Mexico Solidarity Network, which expressed solidarity with the Zapatistas who led an armed rebellion against the Mexican government after NAFTA. (See: Who Funds Answer When It Pushes Amnesty?” by Amanda Carpenter, May 1, 2006)
Ok, so we have there a left wing Socialist affiliated organization at its most innocent and a communist front at its most sinister. Which it is only time will tell.
CODEPINK (Code Pink).
According to Wikipedia “CODEPINK: Women for Peace is a feminist anti-war group that started in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. It seeks "positive social change through creative protest, non-violent direct action, and community involvement."
The name "CODEPINK" itself is a play on the Bush Administration's Department of Homeland Security's color-coded alert system. In keeping with the name, participants at CODEPINK events normally wear pink. While the group is initiated and led by women, men are welcome to participate at both the local and national level.
CODEPINK began on October 2, 2002, on Gandhi's birthday, and in November they launched a 4-month vigil in front of the White House that culminated on March 8, International Women's Day, with a 10,000-person march.
CODEPINK activists demonstrate in front of the White House on July 4, 2006. In February 2003, just weeks before the invasion of Iraq, CODEPINK organized its first trip to Iraq, and then led 5 delegations there. These included a trip with parents who lost their children in Iraq, and a trip with parents of soldiers. They also brought a group of 6 Iraqi women to the U.S. to tour the country, and published a report about how the US occupation has positively affected the status of Iraqi women. CODEPINK also put out a book called "Stop the Next War Now," which included essays by Nobel laureates, elected officials and journalists, and supports the end to war in all countries except Sudan's Darfur region.
Every year on Mother’s Day, CODEPINK organizes peace rallies. On Mother's Day 2006, CODEPINK organized a 24-hour gathering in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, which was attended and supported by activists such as Cindy Sheehan, Susan Sarandon and Patch Adams. CODEPINK has also organized vigils at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. A CODEPINK representative stated the purpose of the vigil was to gain increased veterans' benefits. A soldier in treatment at the facility accused them of “displaying mock caskets", and others have questioned the label of "vigil" due to the displaying of signs such as "Maimed for Lies" and "Enlist Here and Die for Halliburton".
On their official website, CODEPINK has listed allegations of U.S. "war-crimes", and claimed thousands of civilians were killed in Fallujah in 2004 due to the actions of the U.S. military. Along with other groups, they gave over $600,000 worth of supplies to the residents of Fallujah in 2004. (note that this payment was not controlled and almost certainly ended up in the hands of terrorists or terrorist supporters).
CODEPINK encourages counter-recruitment in opposition to U.S. military recruitment in schools and at recruitment centers, often engaging in puposeful damaging of the recruiting sites as in Berkely, CA, recently.
CODEPINK operates under the aegis of Global Exchange, a San Francisco organization with a multi-million dollar budget.
The following is excerpted from Code Pink Undermines War on Terror by John J. Tierney in HUMAN EVENTS, 01/29/2007
“The women call themselves CODEPINK: Women for Peace. But don’t be fooled by all the theatricality of the ladies in pink. Behind the deceptive façade of stagy protests and moral outrage, the women running CODEPINK are serious and very radical political activists. They subscribe in varying degrees to strands of Marxist, neo-Marxist, and progressive left-wing thought, and their ideas belong to a long and complex history of radical politics going back to the early Bolsheviks. As I pointed out in my book, The Politics of Peace: What’s Behind the Anti-War Movement?, the leadership of the current anti-Iraq war movement is an outgrowth of the old Communist Party and of Communist splinter groups that emerged in reaction to Stalinism. The women who lead CODEPINK are in that tradition.
Of course, CODEPINK describes itself as a “grassroots peace and social justice movement.” It was founded in November 2002 as the U.S. was about to topple Saddam Hussein, but more generally, it has aimed to coordinate feminist protests against George W. Bush and the War on Terror. The group is not just anti-Bush and anti-war, however. It is anti-everything about America -- against the U.S. economic system, against U.S. foreign and domestic policies and against the American culture of “racism” and “sexism.”
CODEPINK’s leaders are not pacifists -- they are revolutionaries. They are not devoted to peace -- they are dedicated to political turmoil. They are not even feminists in the ordinary sense of that term. While they hold themselves out to the public as women who have left the kitchen for the street on behalf of peace, the leaders of CODEPINK are actually well-organized political operatives on a radical mission.
Jodie Evans, a long-time radical activist, is the nominal founder of CODEPINK, but she has had plenty of help from a cadre of other radical women. (Evans was briefly famous during the 2003 gubernatorial recall election in California when she helped engineer the Los Angeles Times story about alleged past sexual harassment by Arnold Schwarzenegger.) Along with Evans, Medea Benjamin, Diane Wilson and the radical Wiccan spiritualist known as “Starhawk” helped create CODEPINK. These women have close working relationships with the leaders of the other principal radical anti-war groups, including ANSWER (“Act Now to Stop War and End Racism”) and United for Peace and Justice, which is led by longtime socialist and Fidel Castro devotee Leslie Cagan.
Funding and Leaders
CODEPINK is part of a global network of leftwing activists. Individuals in the network may pursue diverse issues and programs, but all are united in opposition to the U.S. The network has a common ideology, but like an army on the march, it contains overlapping (and sometimes competing) political goals jostling for position.
CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin had earlier set up Global Exchange, the U.S. group most responsible for organizing worldwide protests against “globalization” -- the spread of free trade and free markets. Global Exchange shut down Seattle in 1999 (in protests against the World Trade Organization) and created chaos in Washington, D.C., in 2000 (protesting meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund). Established in 1988, it takes in $4 to $6 million annually, much of it by organizing “study tours” to places such as Cuba, Venezuela and Iran. Global Exchange also receives support from the Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Rubin Foundation, Tides Foundation and other groups warring against the War on Terror.
As a matter of tax law, the IRS recognizes CODEPINK as a project of a small Malibu, Calif.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Environmentalism Through Inspiration & Non Violent Action. CODEPINK currently claims more than 250 chapters worldwide, from Norway to India and Costa Rica. According to the parent nonprofit’s tax form, CODEPINK is run on a shoestring budget -- $130,028 in 2004. A search of philanthropic databases reveals that it received $12,000 from the Tides Foundation (2003), $5,000 from the Barbra Streisand Foundation (2004) and $5,000 from the New Priorities Foundation (2005).
However, it’s likely that the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) is of greater importance to CODEPINK. Set up in 1999, PSFG is an umbrella organization for more than 50 grant-making foundations that underwrite groups on the left. Writer John Perazzo notes that PSFG has some $27 billion in combined assets and that its grants go to all the major leftist anti-war groups, including CODEPINK, Not In Our Name, United for Peace and Justice, War Resisters League, and the Ruckus Society.
While the funding sources and organizational status of groups such as CODEPINK and Global Exchange are murky, the political ambition of these groups is clear. It is nothing short of world revolution: “We are committed to incorporating the power of diversity and difference in our human rights work. We believe the anti-oppressive global society we are fighting for evolves from turning traditional power/privilege dynamics into interconnected communities.”
And it is the United States and international institutions that stand in the way: “Whether it is U.S., companies such as Nike abusing the women who make its shoes, the U.S. government fueling an illegal, unjustified, murderous war in Iraq, or the World Trade Organization (WTO) undercutting consumer and environmental protections, Global Exchange offers itself as a partner for peace and social justice.”
In this grand strategy, CODEPINK plays a specialized role -- it is supposed to represent women -- and it uses a specialized tactic -- it claims to represent non-political women aroused by injustice. But one wonders why it bothers with the pretense.
One need only look at the biography of 54- year-old Medea Benjamin. Born Susie Benjamin to a wealthy family, she changed her first name to that of the enraged woman in the Greek tragedy who seeks revenge against her husband by murdering her children. Benjamin’s own vengeance against America has led her to support murderous dictators across the globe. She is an ardent pro-Castro advocate, having once lived in Cuba and married a pro-Castro Cuban. For years she led guided tours to Cuba. After returning from her first trip to Cuba in the early 1980s, Benjamin told the San Francisco Chronicle that Cuban life “made it seem like I died and went to heaven.”
In the 1980s, Benjamin helped form the Institute for Food and Development Policy (IFDP), which sent aid to the Marxist Sandinistas ruling Nicaragua. During the 1990s, she and other members were field marshals during the anti-globalist riots in Seattle. In 2000, she was the Green Party candidate for the California U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat. She chronicled her radical, Socialist agenda in her book, I Senator.
CODEPINK’s Jodie Evans has a pedigree equal to Benjamin’s. She is a trustee of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), a coalition of anti-capitalist environmentalists. RAN’s co-founder, Michael Roselle, also founded the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), which the FBI has ranked alongside the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) as one of the top terrorist groups in the U.S. Evans took her most recent anti-American junket in January 2006 when she joined Benjamin and their newest convert, Cindy Sheehan, on a visit to meet Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. On an earlier trip to Iraq, Evans helped to found the International Occupation Watch (IOW) in Baghdad. With assistance from Benjamin and Leslie Cagan, IOW helps U.S. soldiers declare themselves conscientious objectors and monitors alleged American abuses in Iraq. Its declared mission is to be a “watchdog regarding the military occupation and U.S.-appointed government, including possible violations of human rights, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.”
Better Pink Than Dead
To mock the Department of Homeland Security’s color-coded terror alerts, the radicals of the anti-war left chose pink, the color symbolic of baby girls. CODEPINK supporters say they will warn against the “extreme danger to all the values of nurturing, caring and compassion that women and loving men have held.” In 1917, the Bolsheviks cried out for “peace, land and bread” to fool the Russian people into believing they were patriotic, not ideological. Nine decades later, CODEPINK relies on the same Leninist tactic.
CODEPINK is selective in its criticism. The group condemns only American institutions, particularly the military. Rather than condemn war in moral terms, as pacifists do, CODEPINK has a calculated anti-U.S. message. It is vocal and unceasing in condemning America’s alleged sexism, racism, poverty, political and corporate corruption, and environmental degradation, and it asserts that these failings are championed by the American elite. Proclaiming that “women have been the guardians of life ... because men have busied themselves making war,” CODEPINK calls on the women of the world to “rise up and oppose the war in Iraq. We call on mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters ... and every outraged woman willing to be outrageous for peace.”
CODEPINK’s modus operandi is street theater, which explains why it attracts media attention to its claim to speak for half of all humanity. The left has learned how to create political theater and use it for its own advantage. For instance, during one Washington, D.C., demonstration, women dressed all in pink marched up the Capitol steps, unfurled their banners and stripped down to their bras and panties, screaming: “We’re putting our bodies on the line ... you congress people better get some spine. We say ‘stand back, don’t attack innocent children in Iraq. We don’t want your oil war, peace is what we’re calling for.” Guess what story made the television evening news.
During one CODEPINK political demonstration -- a four-month-long anti-war vigil in front of the White House -- protesters ceremoniously handed-out “pink slips” to argue that pro-war officials should be fired. The act captured national attention because the pink slips were just that -- pieces of lingerie. The reasons for the war in Iraq, according to CODEPINK leftists, have nothing to do with mistaken decisions by government officials who acted with the best of intentions. The CODEPINK explanation is deeper, darker and systemic.
Leftists contend that America’s political culture and economic system inevitably create war, poverty and injustice by their very nature. This requires CODEPINK to remove itself from the ordinary political system, as the Bolsheviks did. Its activists are neither Democrats nor Republicans, but revolutionaries. In explaining why the U.S. occupies Iraq, CODEPINK claims the problem is not Saddam Hussein or the threat of terrorism in America. Instead, it is the nation’s refusal to deal with problems at home: “In the United States of America, many of our elders ... now must choose whether to buy their prescription drugs or food. Our children’s education is eroded. The air they breathe and the water they drink is polluted. Vast numbers of women and children live in poverty.” In other words, the real causes of the war in Iraq are of less interest to CODEPINK than the ideological arguments about war that it can use to produce political change in the U.S.
Similarly, CODEPINK defines terrorism as a by-product of a corrupt system -- America’s. The War on Terror is a phony war. The U.S. system is the cause of war abroad and a threat to Americans at home. “Real threats” come from within: “The illness or ordinary accident that could plunge us into poverty, the violence on our own streets, the corporate corruption that can result in the loss of our jobs, our pensions, our security.”
The imagery and symbolism of CODEPINK is a deliberate and creative effort to entrap the politically innocent: “We choose pink, the color of the roses, the beauty that like bread is food for life, the color of the dawn of a new era when cooperation and negotiation prevail over force.” The color of the roses? Beware the thorns!
CODEPINK’s website recommends other left-wing collaborators who endorse its view of politics. The movement’s overall goal is to bully corporate America into submission. For instance, the CODEPINK website contains a link to a group called the Bioneers. This is an ecological front group in the anti-war coalition. CODEPINK’s Jodie Evans is on its board of trustees. According to its website, Bioneers “conduct programs in the conservation of biological and cultural diversity, traditional farming practices, and environmental restoration.... Bioneers seek to unite nature, culture and spirit in an Earth-honoring vision, and create economic models founded in social justice.”
Another CODEPINK ally is OneWorld United States, which, according to its website, provides information links to “help build a more just, global society through its partnership community.” The group proposes to unify the global left “by providing access to information, and enabling connections between hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of people around the world.”
Most CODEPINK allies arbitrarily link the Iraq war to their own social and economic agendas. For example:
How are clean air, clean water, native warriors, cultural diversity, racism, sexism and capitalism a cause of war? Being a leftist means you never have to explain the connection: Simply assert it.
Contrary to the CODEPINK claim, there is little historical evidence to justify the position that capitalism causes expansion and war. Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Napoleon were no businessmen, and Hitler led a movement called “National Socialism.” Today, it is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that seeks engagement with China. Indeed, business people have been among the most fervent peacemakers. Consider the observations of famed economist Jacob Viner:
“In the British Parliament it was spokesmen for the moneyed interests, for the emerging middle classes in the Northern manufacturing districts and for the City of London, who were the appeasers during the Napoleonic Wars, during the Crimean War, during the Boer War, and during the period from the rise of Hitler to the German invasion of Poland. In our own country it was largely from business circles that the important opposition came to the American Revolution, to the War of 1812, to the imperialism of 1898, and to the anti-Nazi policy of the Roosevelt Administration prior to Pearl Harbor” (Quoted in Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations, McGraw Hill, 1985, p. 65).
How the Left Manipulates Gender
Just as the modern political left distorts the historical record to link trade and enterprise to war, so also does it deliberately manipulate gender for its own political purposes. The left’s “biological politics” tries to claim a necessary connection between women and peace politics. Appealing to women’s rights groups, it asserts that if men make war, then women must make peace. Historically, leftwing parties have been based on the concept of economic and social class. The working class is typically the agent of revolutionary change. But the modern left can’t rely on workers, so it appeals to the concept of gender and the political role of women.
But what about women on the political right, or in the Republican Party? Margaret Thatcher, Senators Elizabeth Dole and Kay Bailey Hutchison, activists such as Phyllis Schlafly, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham -- all have risen in politics. Yet the right rewards individual merit, not gender. And most women who are political conservatives disdain the ideological baggage of modern feminism. “Class struggle” is not a cause for conservative women.
In American history, most women social activists have been classified as “progressives.” Modern historians put the suffragettes, women abolitionists and women advocates for labor rights and anti-imperialism on the left. Today’s feminist movement is almost completely dominated by the left. At its extreme, ideological feminists adopt a form of biological politics that denies any significance to gender. When women professors broke into tears of rage after Harvard University’s then-President Larry Summers suggested a genetic cause for the scarcity of women mathematicians, they were rejecting biology for ideology. Radical feminist politics assaults the American campus with its “insights,” including the view that men seek to suppress and dominate everything.
Long ago, feminists adopted anti-militarism and anti-imperialism, claiming that these political causes were uniquely suited to their nurturing gender. Like the left-wing view that capitalism leads to war, the view that women in power produce peace is an anti-intellectual fraud. The claim also masks the historical record, which shows that men are mainly responsible for both war and peace, diplomacy and militarism. Nevertheless, the myth of gender-based causation dominates leftist opinion: To be a woman is to be a peacemaker.
The worst part of the ideology of the left is not its blindness to evidence. It is the way it deliberately manipulates innocent people. Leftist groups such as CODEPINK tell women that they are the unique source of peace activism because they are a maternal and nurturing class, as opposed to men, who are aggressive and violent.
Blind and Deaf
CODEPINK and other women’s anti-war groups consider themselves anti-capitalist and pro-internationalist. Unfortunately, their version of “internationalism” includes sending “peace delegations” to Iran and meeting with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. CODEPINK has left the Christian and pacifist origins of the women’s peace movement far behind. Today feminist anti-war groups target the U.S. as the primary source of war and oppression in the world. American “imperialism” explains everything from NATO to NAFTA -- it is the cause of global violence from Haiti to Iraq.
This leaves CODEPINK and its allies blind and deaf to the real issues of modern political reality, including the causes of war. CODEPINK’s ideological twitches are not serious. Because all its opinions are predictable, there is no reason to ask its counsel.
Mr. Tierney is the Walter Kohler Professor of International Relations at the Institute of World Politics, a Washington, D.C.-based graduate school. He is author of "The Politics of Peace," published last year by Capital Research Center.
International Action Center
The International Action Center (IAC) is an activist group founded by former United States Attorney General Ramsey Clark . It supports anti-imperialist movements around the world, and opposes U.S. military intervention in all circumstances.
The IAC has offices in major cities including New York City , Washington, D.C. , San Francisco and Boston . The IAC share a considerable overlap with members of the Workers World Party .
Leftist political and anti-colonialist issues in Iraq , Palestine , Haiti , Cuba , Latin America , the Philippines , Korea and elsewhere around the world are of particular interest to the IAC.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks , IAC initiated the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, which helped to organize several massive rallies in opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, for a time in loose partnership with United for Peace and Justice. After a split in Workers World Party, the leadership of ANSWER separated from the IAC. For their part, the IAC initiated the Troops Out Now Coalition to oppose the war.
The IAC sent a delegation to the Central African Republic to secure the release of the Haitian president, Jean Bertrand Aristide , after he was removed from power by a U.S.-backed coup in February 2004.
The IAC regularly organizes rallies, conferences and other events, purportedly to support human rights and in opposition to imperialism and "corporate oppression ."
Workers World Party
Workers World Party (WWP) is a communist party in the United States founded in 1959 by Sam Marcy. Marcy and his followers split from the Socialist Workers Party in 1958 over a series of long-standing differences, among them Marcy's group's support for Henry A. Wallace 's Progressive Party in 1948 , the positive view they held of the Chinese Revolution led by Mao Zedong , and their endorsement of the 1956 Soviet intervention in Hungary , all of which the SWP opposed.
The WWP describes itself as a party that has, since its founding, "supported the struggles of all oppressed peoples". It has recognized the right of nations to self-determination , including the nationally oppressed peoples inside the United States . It supports affirmative action as absolutely necessary in the fight for equality . It opposes all forms of "racism and religious bigotry ." Initially the WWP was confined to the Buffalo, New York area, where it had constituted the Buffalo and other smaller branches of the SWP, like Youngstown, Ohio , but expanded in the 1960s . During the Civil Rights Movement the WWP had a youth movement , "Youth Against War and Fascism", which opposed the Vietnam War . Workers World and YAWF were also notable for their consistent defense of the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground along with Vietnam Veterans Against the War and the Puerto Rican Independence movement .
Ideological background and platform
Ideologically, the WWP is Marxist-Leninist . The party's Trotskyist origins are reflected in much of Sam Marcy's literature, whom remained firmly critical of Stalin. However, Marcy also continued to uphold the USSR as a socialist state until the very end. This is what led some individuals and organizations to accuse both Marcy and the party of being "Stalinist," even though Marcy was always critical of Stalin's leadership. The party was also not simply a "pro-Soviet" organization (i.e. being seen as simply following the line of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union ). Marcy firmly criticized Khrushchev for starting the Sino-Soviet split and called for the unity of all of the socialist states at the time (i.e. the Warsaw Pact countries, China , Yugoslavia , Albania and the DPRK ). This notion of supporting all of the socialist states and calling for a united socialist bloc, rather than simply following the line of one of the large, ruling Communist parties (e.g. Chinese or Soviet), was what made the WWP unique during the Cold War.
Activities and organizational structure
The WWP has organized, directed or participated in many coalition organizations for various causes, typically anti-imperialist in nature. The International Action Center, which counts many WWP members as leading activists, founded the Act Now To Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) coalition shortly after 9/11 , and has run both the All People's Congress (APC) and the International Action Center (IAC) for many years. The APC and the IAC in particular share a large degree of overlap in their memberships with cadre in the WWP. In 2004 , a youth group close to the WWP, called Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST) was founded.
The WWP lists regional offices in 20 major US cities. The party receives donations and contributions as the source of its funding, while volunteers/cadres run the day to day operations of the party. Finally, the party is led by an internally elected secretariat.
The Party for Socialism and Liberation
The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) is a Marxist-Leninist party in the United States founded to promote revolutionary change. Since its formation in 2004, the Party for Socialism and Liberation has made significant contributions to the anti-war movement in local communities across the nation. It was originally created as the result of a split within the ranks of the Workers World Party. The San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C. branches of WWP left almost in their entirety to form the PSL. The PSL has since established branches in several additional urban centers across the United States.
The main publications of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, reflecting its political perspective, are the biweekly newspaper, Liberation, and the quarterly magazine, Socialism and Liberation. PSL outlines its political perspective, including its assessment of the current international and domestic situation in the pamphlet "Who We Are, What We Stand For." The PSL advocates building a revolutionary workers’ party in the United States.
The PSL supports the government of Cuba, and while a critic of the current Chinese government, it views the Chinese Revolution favorably. The PSL also supports the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela – a frequent topic in its magazine. It has endorsed activities that call for the release of the Cuban Five – deemed political prisoners by supporters – and called for the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles from the US.
The PSL supports the rights of nations to self determination. It has been among the most outspoken organization in condemning the Zionist state of Israel and its role in the Middle East. The PSL also led demonstrations against the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in July 2006. The PSL supports the right of return for Palestinian people. The Party for Socialism and Liberation supports the right of oppressed nations to resist imperialism.
The PSL is very active in the antiwar movement. It is a member of the steering committee of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), which has taken a lead organizing role in mass antiwar demonstrations since 2001. Unlike the Workers World Party, which never maintained a formal position in the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition despite its clear influence, the PSL’s role within A.N.S.W.E.R. is overt. As one of the most active members of the coalition. PSL has gained notice for successfully forging ties with Arab and Muslim American groups such as the Muslim American Society, Al-Awda and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. This cooperation with these groups has been characterized by conservatives as dangerous collaboration with "Islamists".
The national offices of the Party for Socialism and Liberation are based in San Francisco, California and Washington, District of Columbia. The PSL also maintains branches and centers in Baltimore, MD; Chicago; Los Angeles, CA; New Haven, CT; New Paltz and New York City, NY; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; Sioux Falls, SD; and Miami, FL. The PSL's New York City branch is based in Harlem.
The Revolutionary Communist Part, USA (RCP, USA)
The Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (RCP, USA), known originally as the Revolutionary Union, is a Maoist-oriented communist party formed in 1975 in the United States. The RCP states that U.S. imperialism will never peacefully change and that the only way for people to liberate themselves is through communist political revolution led by their founding leader and Chairman Bob Avakian.
The RCP, USA was formed out of the Bay Area Revolutionary Union (BARU) and collectives that had been rooted in the Revolutionary Youth Movement II (RYM II) faction of the Students for a Democratic Society after the latter fell apart in 1969. There were also discussions with several other Marxist-Leninist formations in the short-lived National Liaison Committee. The party is led by its elected National Chairman and primary theoretical spokesperson, Bob Avakian. It is one of the few surviving direct descendants of the New Left of the 1960s and 70s. It is by far the biggest, most active, and most widely-recognized group in the U.S. that identifies itself as Maoist.
More generally, RCP members and supporters have been active in the groups Refuse and Resist (founded by C. Clark Kissinger) and the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. More recently, RCP members were the forefront in establishing the anti-war group Not in Our Name and World Can't Wait: Drive Out the Bush Regime. Other initiated organizations have included La Resistencia and No Business As Usual.
Historically, one of the group's most notable actions was raising the Red Flag over the Alamo Mission in San Antonio on 20 March 1980. This was done by Damian Garcia, who was killed a month later, 22 April 1980, in a Los Angeles housing project. The RCP claims his murder was a result of his actions at the Alamo, and alleges LAPD involvement. Another notable action was when a member of the RCP's youth organization, the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, burned a United States flag at the Republican National Convention in 1984, leading to the Supreme Court case known as Texas v. Johnson.
The RCP upheld the 1992 uprising in Los Angeles and nationally as a "rebellion" in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdicts. Then-LAPD chief Daryl Gates alleged that the RCP was involved in the riots. Los Angeles has long been one of the RCP's larger and more active branches. William "Mobile" Shaw was a local leader who recently passed and received public commendation from the party.
As a result of criminal indictments stemming from a protest against Deng Xiaoping at the White House in 1979, Bob Avakian and other RCP leaders fled the United States and have been living in France and England ever since. Mostly as a result of this development, the RCP is active in both the United States and Western Europe. The protest, known colloquially as the Deng Demo, was part of re-aligning the international communist movement to recognize that socialism had been defeated in China, and that a capitalist-oriented leadership had seized power.
The RCP helped found the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement, an association of revolutionary communist parties and oraganizations from Afghanistan to Italy. The RCP has both defended and criticized fellow RIM participants leading People's War, including the Communist Party of Peru (Shining Path) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). The RIM is a significant fraction of the international communist movement that sees the socialist period as one of continuing class struggle, with the role of a vanguard party in government to bring the lower classes increasingly into the administration of society as a whole. Major RIM parties, including the RCP and the CPN-M, argue that while the Soviet Union was essentially socialist under Stalin's government, that "absolutism" hindered the ability of the masses to rule, and to replenish the revolutionary ranks over time. Avakian in particular says that communists must acknowledge the real history, and "do better." The RIM's current status is unclear as the RCP has begun to insist that the main dividing line question internationally is the status of their party's leader, Bob Avakian.
The RCP has been active in a wide variety of social struggles, including but not limited to: the fight against police brutality and mass incarceration of African-Americans, women's reproductive rights, defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal, opposition to the Bush "regime", and government authoritarianism.